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2012 OTTY Awards: First for Japan Society, a Japanese Leader

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By Laura Shin Just two days after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Japan Society in New York had raised $350,000 in relief funds. A year later, it has raised $12.5 million. As a cultural institution, fundraising isn’t one of the Japan Society’s primary functions. But Motoatsu Sakurai, president of the [&hellip
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Citing rising costs, Healthy NY closes its rolls

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ny1 Laura Nahmias reports this morning: As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to keep or toss parts of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law, New York is confronting its own potential crisis over health costs. Healthy New York, the 12-year-old insurance program for individuals and small businesses, does not have enough money to cover [&hellip
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Atget’s Documents

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Eugene Atget Photographed Reality and Surreality by Marsha McCreadie The title tells it all: “Documents pour artistes” is the name of the show, but was also the name of Eugene Atget’s shop in Paris. The French photographer (1857 to 1927) insisted his photographs—all 8,500 of them—were merely documents for sale to craftspeople, and then, as [&hellip
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Neighborhood Chatter

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LOWER MANHATTAN DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE UNVEILS WEB PROMOTION TO SUPPORT LOCAL RETAILERS With more than 1,100 retailers and restaurants and 18 hotels based in Lower Manhattan, it’s hard to keep up with all the diverse merchants—new and old—below Chambers Street. The Downtown Alliance announces its new web-based promotional initiative, “Downtown Deals,” which spotlights the newest deals [&hellip
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The Numbers Don’t Lie (Again)

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By Helen Rosenthal Three years ago, the Upper West Side public school community raised a ruckus about the shortage of elementary school seats throughout District 3. Well, it’s déjà vu all over again: The Community Education Council’s Middle School Committee ran the numbers and, to no one’s surprise, District 3 needs more middle school seats. [&hellip
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Stumbling to the Altar: Meet Mr. ‘I Would’

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FW-DEV1 Devan Sipher’s ‘The Wedding Beat’ By Leonora Desar Devan Sipher made his living for more than five years writing about some of New York’s most lavish weddings for the New York Times’ Vows column, even though he’s a forty-something single Jewish guy who spends Saturday nights alone in his Chelsea studio. Sipher’s debut novel The [&hellip
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Unions Will Have the Last Laugh on Cuomo: The governor has some repair work to do to recapture working vote

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By Alan Chartock It was organized labor unions that gave working people in this country a chance to share in the American dream. Now these same unions are under attack, and it shows in the decreasing numbers of Americans who join unions. Some of the problems, of course, have to do with the often incorrect [&hellip
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